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We provide health and human services for North Dakotans of all ages and backgrounds, including administering public assistance programs and facilitating programs that support underserved or vulnerable populations.

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We work to improve access to services, address behavioral health workforce needs, develop policies, and ensure quality services are available for those with behavioral health needs.

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Our local offices have professionals on site who can help people with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/Food Stamps), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), heating assistance, Medicaid (including children's health services), basic care assistance, child care assistance, child welfare, and referrals to other programs.

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Learn about Medicaid coverage and Medicaid Expansion, Primary Care Case Management, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Find Medicaid providers and explore covered and non-covered services.

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Find information about how to become a certified, authorized, or licensed provider, and obtain forms and documents required to provide services in ND.

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Solicitation Notice - North Dakota Medicaid Enterprise Systems Integrator (Closes March 3, 2023)

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at 03:00 pm - Friday, March 3, 2023 at 12:00 pm

Categories: Procurement

STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (DHHS)
MEDICAL SERVICES DIVISION
600 E. BOULEVARD AVE, DEPT. 325
BISMARCK, ND 58505-0250


2023 SCHEDULE - Early Childhood Integrated Data System (ECIDS) Phase 2 Project Executive Steering Committee meeting

Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 04:00 pm - Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 02:00 pm

Categories: Public Notices

In compliance with NDCC Sections 44-04-19 and 44-04-20, this provides public notice of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Early Childhood Integrated Data System (ECIDS) Phase 2 project ESC meetings for calendar year 2023. 


Solicitation Notice - Refugee Mental Health Support Program (Closes March 3, 2023)

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 02:40 pm - Friday, March 3, 2023 at 12:00 pm

Categories: Procurement

STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
OFFICE OF REFUGEE SUPPORT SERVICES
600 E. BOULEVARD AVENUE, DEPT 325
BISMARCK, ND 58505-0250


Solicitation Notice - Certified Shelter Care Program for Youth

Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 05:20 pm - Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 03:00 pm

Categories: Procurement

STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
HUMAN SERVICES DIVISION
CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES SECTION
600 EAST BOULEVARD AVENUE, DEPT. 325
BISMARCK, ND 58505-0250


Special Meeting Notice - Behavioral Health Planning Council Legislative Committee

Friday, January 27, 2023 at 12:00 pm

Categories: Public Notices

Friday, Jan. 27, 2023
12 to 1 p.m. CT
Virtual Meeting 


Public Meeting Notice - ND Statewide Independent Living Council

Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 01:00 pm - Friday, February 3, 2023 at 12:00 pm

Categories: Public Notices

Feb. 2 - 3, 2023

Radisson Inn, Bismarck, ND

In-person and Virtual Meeting


Special Meeting Notice - Behavioral Health Planning Council Legislative Committee

Friday, February 3, 2023 at 12:00 pm

Categories: Public Notices

Friday, Feb. 3, 2023
12 to 1 p.m. CT
Virtual Meeting 


2023 Schedule of ND Interagency Coordinating Council Meetings

Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 09:00 am - Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 09:00 am

Categories: Public Notices

In compliance with NDCC Sections 44-04-19 and 44-04-20, this provides public notice of the North Dakota Interagency Coordinating Council meetings for calendar year 2023. 


Special Meeting Notice - Behavioral Health Planning Council Legislative Committee

Friday, February 10, 2023 at 12:00 pm

Categories: Public Notices

Friday, Feb. 10, 2023
12 to 1 p.m. CT
Virtual Meeting 


Solicitation Notice - Substance Use Disorder Treatment Voucher System Grants for Adults in Underserved Areas of ND (Closes Feb. 15, 2023)

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 12:00 pm

Categories: Procurement

STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH DIVISION
600 E. BOULEVARD AVE. DEPT 325
BISMARCK, ND 58505-0250

 


Meeting Notice - Child Care Licensing Project Executive Steering Committee Meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 03:00 pm - 03:30 pm

Categories: Public Notices

Child Care Licensing Project Executive Steering Committee

Feb. 15, 2023

3 - 3:30 p.m. CT


Special Meeting Notice - Behavioral Health Planning Council Legislative Committee

Friday, February 17, 2023 at 12:00 pm

Categories: Public Notices

Friday, Feb. 17, 2023
12 to 1 p.m. CT
Virtual Meeting 

 


Help individuals access addiction treatment services

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 10:00 am

Categories: Behavioral Health

Learn more about the SUD Voucher and how your program can be a part of reducing barriers for individuals needing treatment.


Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 12:00 pm - Monday, February 20, 2023 at 02:00 pm

Categories: Behavioral Health

QPR teaches how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.


Special Meeting Notice - Behavioral Health Planning Council Legislative Committee

Friday, February 24, 2023 at 12:00 pm

Categories: Public Notices

Friday, Feb. 24, 2023
12 to 1 p.m. CT
Virtual Meeting 


2023 Schedule of Committee on Aging meetings

Friday, March 10, 2023 at 10:00 am - Friday, December 8, 2023 at 10:00 am

Categories: Public Notices

In compliance with NDCC Sections 44-04-19 and 44-04-20, this provides public notice of meetings in calendar year 2023 of the Committee on Aging, which is an advisory body to North Dakota Health and Human Services. 

The committee has established the following two-hour meetings.  Times listed are in Central Time.


Meeting Notice - Child Care Licensing Project Executive Steering Committee

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 03:00 pm - 03:30 pm

Categories: Public Notices

Child Care Licensing Project Executive Steering Committee Meeting

March 15, 2023

3 - 3:30 p.m., CT


Recognizing First Episode Psychosis

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 12:00 pm - 02:00 pm

Categories: Behavioral Health

Gain a basic understanding about what psychosis is, how to identify common signs and symptoms of early onset psychosis and learn more about the North Dakota First Episode Psychosis programs.


Meeting Notice - Developmental Disabilities Payment System Steering Committee

Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 01:00 pm - 03:00 pm

Categories: Public Notices

Developmental Disabilities Payment System Steering Committee

May 10, 2023
1 to 3 p.m. CT


2023 Schedule- Early Childhood Council meetings

Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 01:00 pm - Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 03:00 pm

Categories: Public Notices

In compliance with NDCC Sections 44-04-19 and 44-04-20, this provides public notice of the Early Childhood Council meetings for calendar year 2023.


Meeting Notice - Developmental Disabilities Payment System Steering Committee

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 01:00 pm - 03:00 pm

Categories: Public Notices

Developmental Disabilities Payment System Steering Committee Meeting

October 11, 2023
1 to 3 p.m. CT


2023 Schedule - State Rehabilitation Council Meetings

Categories: Public Notices

In compliance with NDCC Sections 44-04-19 and 44-04-20, this provides public notice of North Dakota Health and Human Services State Rehabilitation Council meetings for calendar year 2023. 

The committee has established the following meetings. Times listed are in Central Time.
 


Public Notice - Medicaid State Plan Changes for January 1, 2023

Sunday, December 31, 2023 at 12:01 am - 11:59 pm

Categories: Public Notices

Public Notice
ND Medicaid Program
 

 


2023 Schedule - Brain Injury Advisory Council Meetings

Sunday, December 31, 2023 at 12:01 am - 11:59 pm

Categories: Public Notices

In compliance with NDCC Sections 44-04-19 and 44-04-20, this provides public notice of the Brain Injury Advisory Council meetings for calendar year 2023.   
 


2023 Schedule - Lake Region Human Service Center Advisory Group Meetings

Sunday, December 31, 2023 at 12:01 am - 11:59 pm

Categories: Public Notices

In compliance with NDCC Sections 44-04-19 and 44-04-20, this provides public notice of the Lake Region Human Service Center (LRHSC) Advisory Group meetings for calendar year 2023. 


2023 Schedule - Statewide Independent Living Council

Sunday, December 31, 2023 at 12:01 am - 12:59 pm

Categories: Public Notices

In compliance with NDCC Sections 44-04-19 and 44-04-20, this provides public notice of the North Dakota Health and Human Services’ Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) meetings for calendar year 2023. 


2023 Schedule of the Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) Modernization Project Executive Steering Committee Meetings

Sunday, December 31, 2023 at 12:01 am - 11:59 pm

Categories: Public Notices

In compliance with NDCC Sections 44-04-19 and 44-04-20, this provides public notice of North Dakota Health and Human Services Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) Modernization Project Executive Steering Committee meetings for calendar year 2023. 
 


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HHS urges ND Medicaid members to update their contact information to receive important updates about their health coverage

Categories: Medical Services Division

Health and Human Services is urging North Dakota Medicaid members to update their contact information so they can receive important new information in the coming months about their Medicaid coverage. 


HHS wants to hear from people with disabilities and others on person-centered services and balancing choice and risk

North Dakota Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Developmental Disabilities Section wants to hear from individuals with disabilities who are receiving services, their families, guardians, service providers and others on HHS person-centered practice goals and balancing dignity, choice and risk.


ND Medicaid extends health care coverage for pregnant and new mothers from 60 days to 12 months after pregnancy

Categories: Public Health

On Jan. 1, 2023, North Dakota Health and Human Services’ Medicaid program extended health care coverage for eligible pregnant and new mothers from 60 days to 12 months after pregnancy to help improve maternal and child health outcomes and overall well-being. 


January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Categories: Public Health

As medical care and treatment have improved, babies and children with birth defects are living longer and healthier lives. Recent reports show that rates of infant deaths due to birth defects have declined by 10% in the United States. However, every 4½ minutes a baby is born with a major birth defect in the United States. That’s why North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) is promoting Birth Defects Prevention Month and working to increase awareness.


HHS Primary Care Office is now accepting applications for the North Dakota Health Service Corps

Categories: Public Health

The North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) Primary Care Office is now accepting applications for the North Dakota Health Service Corps from qualified health care professionals and health care sites.


HHS announces Dec. 23 office closures

Categories: Announcement, Closure or Delay

North Dakota Health and Human Services offices in Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grafton, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Rolla and Valley City are closed today, Dec. 23, in response to hazardous weather and travel conditions. Affected offices include six of the agency’s regional human service centers and their satellite and outreach offices, and the agency’s vocational rehabilitation and child support offices. 


HHS offices in Bismarck are closing at 3:30 p.m. today, Dec. 22

Categories: Announcement, Closure or Delay

WEATHER-RELATED CLOSURES: Dec. 22, 2022, 3 p.m. CST
HHS offices in Bismarck are closing at 3:30 p.m. today, Dec. 22


HHS offices in Dickinson are closing at 2 p.m. MST today, Dec. 22

Categories: Announcement, Closure or Delay

North Dakota Health and Human Services offices in Dickinson will be closing today, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, due to hazardous weather and travel conditions. 


HHS hosts conversation on NCI survey measuring quality and impact of services on individuals with disabilities

North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) is hosting a public conversation on Jan. 4, 2023, from 11 a.m. to noon CT, to share new developments about the National Core Indicators (NCI) used by the state to measure quality of services and their impact on individuals with disabilities. A meeting notice with details is online at hhs.nd.gov/news/publicnotice.


Partnership Makes Peer Support a Behavioral Health Option for Medicaid Expansion Members

Categories: Behavioral Health, Medical Services Division

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) and North Dakota Health and Human Services today announced the addition of peer support as a covered service under the Medicaid Expansion program. 


ND State Hospital superintendent resigns; Jones thanks Etherington for service

Categories: Behavioral Health

Health and Human Services Commissioner Chris Jones announced that ND State Hospital Superintendent Dr. Rosalie Etherington has resigned. 


HHS updates Dec. 16 office closures and delayed openings

Categories: Announcement, Closure or Delay

North Dakota Health and Human Services updated its office closures. HHS offices in Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Jamestown, Minot, Rolla, Valley City and Williston that directly serve clients will remain closed on Dec. 16 due to ongoing hazardous weather and travel conditions. Offices in Grafton and Grand Forks delayed their opening until 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. 


HHS announces Dec. 16 delayed openings and office closures

Categories: Announcement, Closure or Delay

WEATHER-RELATED CLOSURES: Dec. 16, 2022, 7:00 a.m. CT

North Dakota Health and Human Services offices in Fargo, Grafton and Grand Forks will have a delayed opening at 10 a.m. on Dec. 16. HHS offices in Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Jamestown, Minot, Rolla, Valley City and Williston that directly serve clients will remain closed Friday, Dec. 16 due to ongoing hazardous weather and travel conditions. 

Affected offices include six of the agency’s regional human service centers and some satellite and outreach offices, and the agency’s vocational rehabilitation and child support offices in the affected regions. Details appear below. 
 


Agencies team up to prevent impaired driving during the holiday season

Categories: Behavioral Health, Public Health

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) Behavioral Health Division (BHD) and Vision Zero are teaming up to raise awareness about ways to prevent injuries and deaths resulting from impaired driving during the holiday season. 


HHS offices across ND are closed today, Dec. 15

Categories: Announcement, Closure or Delay

WEATHER-RELATED CLOSURES: Dec. 15, 2022, 7:00 a.m. CT

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota Health and Human Services offices in Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grafton, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot, Rolla, Valley City and Williston that directly serve clients will be closed Thursday, Dec. 15 due to ongoing hazardous weather and travel conditions. Affected offices include all eight of the agency’s regional human service centers and their satellite and outreach offices, and the agency’s vocational rehabilitation and child support offices. Details appear below. 


ND Health and Human Services launches new online child care licensing system

North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a new online licensing system for child care providers. The modern, online system replaces a manual paper process. 


Weather-Related Closures: HHS offices across ND are closed Dec. 14

Categories: Announcement, Closure or Delay

North Dakota Health and Human Services offices in Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grafton, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot, Rolla, Valley City and Williston will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 14 in response to hazardous weather and travel conditions. Affected offices include all eight of the agency’s regional human service centers and their satellite and outreach offices, and the agency’s vocational rehabilitation and child support offices.


Health and Human Services’ direct service locations in Bismarck will close today at 3 p.m. CT due to winter storm

Categories: Announcement, Closure or Delay

Several North Dakota Health and Human Services offices that provide direct services in Bismarck will close today, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. due to dangerous weather conditions.


Bivalent COVID-19 vaccine recommendation expands to include children ages 6 months through 5 years 

Categories: Public Health

Last week, following authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended expanded use of the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 6 months through 5 years.


Task Force invites North Dakotans to participate in survey about services for people with autism spectrum disorder 

Categories: Medical Services Division

The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Task Force wants to know whether North Dakotans are aware of programs and services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, if individuals’ needs are being met, or if gaps in services and access issues may exist.   


Promoting access to HIV testing on World AIDS Day

Categories: Public Health

World AIDS Day is recognized every year on December 1, to bring awareness to the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This day is a time to reflect on the response efforts, while also honoring the lives of those lost to AIDS-related illnesses and showing support for those living with HIV. 


North Dakotans invited to Dec. 8 discussion on ND’s progress on USDOJ settlement agreement to expand in-home care options for people with physical disabilities

Categories: Medical Services Division

Interest in alternatives to nursing facility care is growing according to North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS). During the first half of 2022, the agency’s Aging and Disability Resource Link was contacted by 6,839 individuals seeking information about in-home and community-based support services. This almost equals the population of Watford City. 


North Dakota designates CHI Mercy Hospital in Valley City as its first Acute Cardiac Ready Hospital

Categories: Public Health

North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) Emergency Medical Systems Unit recognizes CHI Mercy Health Valley City as the first Acute Cardiac Ready Hospital in North Dakota.


Family caregivers of older adults and others are reminded that supportive services are available to help caregivers

As National Family Caregiver Month comes to a close, North Dakotans are encouraged to continue to recognize and express gratitude for unpaid family caregivers who make it possible for loved ones who are older or living with a disability or terminal illness to continue living at home.


ND Health and Human Services celebrates second annual Public Health Thank You Day 

Categories: Public Health

On Monday, Nov. 21, as part of a national recognition, North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) celebrates Public Health Thank You Day.  


Health and Human Services launches initiative to highlight ND Medicaid’s life-changing impact on North Dakotans

Categories: Medical Services Division

Today, North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) together with partner organizations, launched Faces of Medicaid, an initiative to raise awareness about the life-changing impacts North Dakota (ND) Medicaid has on people who qualify for the program. 


Two North Dakota organizations receive statewide awards for supporting the employment of people with disabilities

North Dakota Health and Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) has recognized two organizations for supporting an inclusive workforce by hiring, training and inspiring people with disabilities to excel in the workforce.


Vocational rehabilitation team members recognized for helping North Dakotans with disabilities reach their employment goals

The North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) team presented performance and recognition awards to 12 team members at an annual training conference Oct. 26 in Minot.


Influenza cases increase in North Dakota prompting vaccination reminder

Categories: Immunization, Public Health

The North Dakota Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS) is encouraging all North Dakotans to choose to be vaccinated against influenza. Nationwide, and in North Dakota, there has been an increase in influenza in recent weeks. This increase in influenza cases has happened in conjunction with an early increase in other respiratory viruses, especially among children.


WEATHER-RELATED CLOSURE: ND Health and Human Services offices in Dickinson will be closed today, Nov. 10

Categories: Announcement, Closure or Delay

North Dakota Health and Human Services offices in Dickinson will be closed today, Nov. 10, in response to winter weather warnings and hazardous travel conditions.

 


WEATHER-RELATED CLOSURES: ND Health and Human Services offices in Bismarck, Devils Lake, Fargo, Grand Forks and Jamestown will be closed Thursday, Nov. 10

Categories: Announcement, Closure or Delay

North Dakota Health and Human Services offices in Bismarck, Devils Lake, Fargo, Grafton, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Rolla and Valley City will be closed Thursday, Nov. 10 in response to winter weather warnings and anticipated hazardous travel conditions. Affected offices include five of the agency’s regional human service centers and their satellite and outreach offices, and the agency’s vocational rehabilitation offices co-located at those sites. Details appear below.


North Dakota state agencies promote One Health Day

Categories: Public Health

Nov. 3, 2022, marks the seventh annual One Health Day, a Global Day of Action that promotes awareness of the relationships among human, animal and ecosystem health. North Dakota’s Department of Agriculture (NDDA), Game and Fish Department (NDGF), Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) encourage the public to recognize the interconnection of people, animals, plants and the environment they share.


HHS Child Care Assistance Program enhances online provider payment system

Categories: Children and families, Economic Assistance

Beginning Nov. 1, participating child care providers will notice improvements in the payment portal, called the Self Service Portal. The payment process will also change to align with the process most providers use of billing families in advance for child care. CCAP payments will be made to providers at the beginning of the month for care provided that month and will be based on the attendance schedule of participating children.


Active Tuberculosis (TB) case identified in Nelson County

Categories: Public Health

The North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Nelson-Griggs District Health Unit are investigating a reported case of active Tuberculosis Disease (TB) in Nelson County.


ND Health and Human Services recommends measures for RSV prevention

Categories: Public Health

North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) has received reports of increased numbers of pediatric hospitalizations due to respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, otherwise known as RSV. Due to the current increased activity, HHS is encouraging broader testing for RSV among young children and older adults who have acute (severe) respiratory illness. 


ND Health and Human Services receives additional grant funding to continue strengthening early intervention services for children with developmental delays

Categories: Children and families

The North Dakota Early Intervention Program in the state’s Health and Human Services agency has received a third year of funding from the federal Department of Education to continue work strengthening early intervention services for children with developmental delays.


Public Health audit shows strength of pandemic response, vaccine distribution; identifies opportunities to improve documentation

Categories: Immunization, Public Health

Today, the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Public Health Division responded to the final report of an audit of the Department of Health conducted by the Office of the State Auditor that covered the biennium ending June 2021.

“The auditor’s office spent over one year completing their inquiry. During this time, they reviewed testing of compliance and financial records, contact tracing, COVID-19 deaths, COVID-19 vaccine storage, handling and distribution, COVID-19 testing and reporting, and COVID-19 dashboards and information systems and had no findings for these areas,” said HHS Public Health Division Executive Director Dirk Wilke.


Governor Burgum Proclaims October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month and October 15 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Categories: Children and families, Public Health

Governor Doug Burgum has proclaimed October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month and October 15 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. In North Dakota, approximately 59 pregnancies end in miscarriage or stillbirth each year (after 20 weeks of pregnancy).


North Dakota Symposium on Adults, Aging and Disabilities is Oct. 26-27 in Bismarck 

Categories: Public Health

Health and human service professionals and service providers are invited to attend the North Dakota Symposium on Adults, Aging and Disabilities, Oct. 26-27, at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck.   


Bivalent COVID-19 booster recommendation expands to include ages 5 and up

Categories: Children and families, COVID-19, Immunization, Public Health

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended expanded use of the newly-available bivalent COVID-19 vaccines as a single-dose booster for children ages 5 to 11 who previously completed the primary series at least two months prior.


WIC celebrates National Enrollment Week

Categories: Children and families

As grocery prices continue to rise in the U.S. due to inflation, North Dakota WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is partnering with the other WIC agencies across the country to remind families of the services it provides during WIC National Enrollment Week from Monday, Oct. 10 through Friday, Oct. 14, 2022.


Over 800 behavioral health and child welfare professionals will gather for the ND Behavioral Health and Children and Family Services Conference starting tomorrow, registration is still available  

Categories: Behavioral Health

Over 800 behavioral health and child welfare professionals are registered to participate in the North Dakota Behavioral Health and Children and Family Services conference, Oct. 11-13 at the Fargo Holiday Inn or virtually via an online livestream platform.


Parents Lead shares new informational resources during National Bullying Prevention Month

Categories: Behavioral Health, Children and families

Parents Lead, a North Dakota program administered by the state’s Health and Human Services agency’s Behavioral Health Division, has created new information to help parents, caregivers, professionals who work with children and other trusted adults understand bullying and how they can help children and youth who may be affected by it.


October is Influenza Prevention Month in North Dakota, North Dakota Health and Human Services encourages flu vaccine before Halloween

Categories: Children and families, Public Health

Gov. Burgum proclaimed the month of October as Influenza Prevention Month and the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services is reminding everyone to get vaccinated against influenza (flu) this fall.


Health and Human Services launches mental health program directory to better connect North Dakotans to mental health services

Categories: Behavioral Health

Today, North Dakota’s Health and Human Services agency’s Behavioral Health Division launched a mental health program directory to better help North Dakotans locate and access mental health services in the state. This is the latest development in the state’s efforts to enhance and streamline access to vital mental health services.


North Dakotans can apply for home heating help for the upcoming winter

Categories: Children and families, Economic Assistance

The state’s Health and Human Services agency is reminding North Dakotans who may need help paying their winter heating bills that they can now apply for the state’s home energy assistance program. Applications for the upcoming 2022-2023 heating season can be submitted now through May 31, 2023.


HHS offers third round of student behavioral health grants; ND schools are invited to apply

Categories: Behavioral Health

Today, North Dakota’s Health and Human Services (HHS) agency’s Behavioral Health Division announced a third round of grant funding for eligible North Dakota public, private and tribal elementary and secondary schools to enhance their behavioral health services and supports for students with behavioral health needs.


Register now for Oct. 11-13 conference focusing on behavioral health and strong, stable families

Categories: Behavioral Health, Children and families

Two key priorities of North Dakota’s Health and Human Services agency are behavioral health and strong, stable families. These topics are the cornerstone of an upcoming conference hosted by the agency’s Behavioral Health and Children and Families Services divisions on Oct. 11-13. Individuals can attend either in-person at the Holiday Inn Fargo or virtually by an online livestream. 


Upcoming summit aims to strengthen ND’s behavioral health workforce

Categories: Behavioral Health

Organizations and agencies are gathering in Bismarck early next week to discuss solutions to the state’s growing behavioral health workforce shortage.


Health and Human Services announces grants for providers to expand in-home and community care services for people with disabilities

Categories: Children and families

North Dakota’s Health and Human Services agency is offering more than $2 million in provider development grants to entities that want to develop or expand in-home and community-based (HCBS) services that enable North Dakotans with disabilities to live more independently in the community.


Parents warned not to rush the transition from booster seats

Categories: Children and families

During National Child Passenger Safety Week, September 18-24, 2022, the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in partnership with Vision Zero warns parents and caregivers not to transition their children from a belt positioning booster seat to only a seat belt too early. Children who use a belt positioning booster seat in the back seat of the car are 45% less likely to be injured in a crash than children who use only a seat belt.


Warning issued about potential rabies exposure - updated September 16

Categories: Public Health

North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) was notified on September 16, 2022, that the raccoon identified in connection with the incident at the Maddock Bar tested negative for rabies.

HHS issued a statement on September 13 regarding the situation, as at that time the whereabouts of the raccoon were still being determined. 

Both the original story and the update are available in this post.


State agencies encourage safety around live poultry to avoid illness

Categories: Public Health

North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) encourage people who come into contact with live poultry to take precautions to avoid illness. Contact with live poultry or their environments can be a source of germs such as Salmonella, Campylobacter, and E. coli. There is also a potential for infection with avian Influenza A virus.


HHS raises awareness about programs and services that support North Dakotans in recovery

Categories: Behavioral Health

Gov. Doug Burgum has proclaimed September as Recovery Month in North Dakota.

This month, North Dakota’s Health and Human Services agency’s Behavioral Health Division wants to raise awareness about programs and services that can support people in recovery, celebrate North Dakotans and their family members in recovery and recognize the dedicated individuals who provide the prevention, treatment and recovery support services that make recovery possible.   


Burgum, Sanford unveil child care proposal to support working families, address workforce challenges

Categories: Children and families

Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford were joined by state legislators today at a press conference in Fargo to announce a framework for legislation to address the availability, affordability and quality of child care services in North Dakota, which continues to be a major barrier to workforce participation.


Health and Human Services receives federal grant to expand behavioral health services for children and youth

Categories: Behavioral Health

North Dakota’s Health and Human Services agency’s (HHS) Behavioral Health Division has been awarded a four-year System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Grant by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to enhance mental health outcomes for children and youth, birth through age 21.


HHS hosts stakeholder meetings Sept. 14 and 21 to gather input on recommendations in recent behavioral health consultant’s report

North Dakota’s Health and Human Services (HHS) agency is hosting two in-person and two virtual stakeholder meetings Wednesday, Sept. 14 and Wednesday, Sept. 21 to gather public feedback on several recommendations outlined in the recent Renee Schulte Consulting final report.


HHS hosts Sept. 15 discussion and listening session on ND’s progress implementing Department of Justice Settlement Agreement expanding long-term care options

North Dakota’s Health and Human Services (HHS) agency is inviting older adults, adults with physical disabilities and others to a discussion and listening session on Thursday, Sept. 15, 1-3 p.m. CT, focusing on the state’s progress expanding access to in-home and community-based long-term support services.


Increase of West Nile Virus cases reported in North Dakota

Categories: Public Health

The North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has seen a rise in reported West Nile virus (WNV) cases in recent weeks. State health officials are reminding people to continue taking precautions against mosquito bites that can cause WNV infection.


Youthworks facility in Minot joins list of certified youth shelter care sites

North Dakota’s Health and Human Services (HHS) agency announced that the Youthworks facility in Minot has become certified to provide temporary shelter for children ages 10-17 to help prevent foster care placements. Certification means the facility can receive state funding.


Health and Human Services encourages North Dakotans to learn how to support others during National Suicide Prevention Week

National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 4-10. The Health and Human Services (HHS) Behavioral Health Division wants to remind North Dakotans about available resources that can help someone who might be struggling with a behavioral health concern and to encourage people to have authentic, caring conversations about suicide and mental health.


HHS releases statement on bivalent COVID-19 vaccines

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed the recommendation from its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of two newly available bivalent COVID-19 vaccines for use as a single-dose booster in individuals 12 years and older.


Burgum: Health, Human Services now united as one department to serve North Dakota citizens

Gov. Doug Burgum announced that the integration of North Dakota’s Department of Health and Department of Human Services into one Health and Human Services (HHS) agency is effective today, Sept. 1, 2022.

The agency will be led by HHS Commissioner Chris Jones. State Health Officer Dr. Nizar Wehbi will provide vision, leadership and consultation on state health priorities.

“North Dakota’s Department of Health and Department of Human Services have a long history of working together to serve North Dakotans,” Burgum said. “Today the two departments have officially integrated into one agency, and we are deeply grateful for the hard work so many team members have invested in this effort. As a unified health and human services team, HHS has the opportunity to transform the citizen experience and help North Dakota become the healthiest state in the nation.”


Agencies team up to raise awareness about drug overdoses and share prevention resources that can save lives

Wednesday, Aug. 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. The North Dakota Department of Health, North Dakota Highway Patrol and North Dakota Department of Human Services are remembering people lost to drug overdoses and their family members and raising awareness about available prevention resources that can help save North Dakotans’ lives.


NDDoH encourages COVID-19 booster vaccines for all eligible adults

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NDDoH releases statement on FDA approval, CDC expansion of eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots

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NDDoH releases statement on FDA approval, CDC recommendation of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster doses

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